Joe Root maintained a healthy strike rate throughout his innings © Getty Images
Joe Root maintained a healthy strike rate throughout his innings © Getty Images

Joe Root scored his eighth half-century in the fourth One-Day International (ODI) between Australia and England at Hobart. Earlier, Ian Bell scored his fourth century. James Taylor was dismissed for a slow innings of five runs off 14 balls. Moeen Ali was earlier dismissed for 46, just four runs short of what would have been the fourth half-century of his short career.

Earlier, Ian Bell scored his 33rd fifty. Bell became only the second English batsman to cross 5,000 ODI runs. Bell got to the landmark when he crossed to 10. James Anderson became the most-capped England player across formats when he took field. Anderson has now played 304 matches across formats, including 99 Tests and 19 Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is).

Australia won the toss and chose to field first. Steven Smith, captaining the side for the first time on debut, announced at the toss that there were three changes: David Warner, Shane Watson, and George Bailey had to miss out, and were replaced by Shaun Marsh, Cameron White, and Moises Henriques. England went in with the same side.

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